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Readers’ 4x4s: Wagons built for the wild

By 4x4 Australia, 23 May 2018 Reviews

Readers 4x4s

These wagons are prepped for the High Country, not the high street.

HERE are five reader-submitted 4x4s picks that was recently featured on the June issue of 4x4 Australia

To get involved post a pic and a description of your rig on our special site here or post it to our Facebook page

We feature a bunch of readers’ rigs in the magazine each month, where we award one lucky punter with a $200 voucher to spend at Piranha Off Road.

(4x4 Australia Readers' Rigs Winner of the Month)

I have had it from new. It has an ARB 50mm lift (BP51 front and OME rear), full Rhino 4x4 underbody protection (prototype), Rhino-Rack Platform roof rack, front e-locker, Rhino 4x4 bullbar with Runva 11XP Black winch, LED bar under roof rack, LED spotties on front bar, rear fridge slide and drawer system, 32-inch AT tyres, TJM steps, snorkel, dual-battery system, water/fuel filter, catch can, awning, CB radio, and full vinyl protection wrap.

My favourite spot is Wonnangatta Station, and it has been through most of the High Country and Little Desert. Other favourites are Billy Goats Bluff, Collingwood Spur, Zeka Spur, Blue Rag, etc. I often tow my homemade off-road camper trailer behind it, but I also tow a semi-off-road caravan.


We purchased this six-seater in August, 2007. It has a standard 1HZ diesel engine with extractors, and a dual-battery system.

We added a two-inch lift, Tradesman roof rack, Safari snorkel, light bar, driving lights, 12,000lb winch, Batwing awning, side-steps, cargo barrier, DIY rear drawer system with 40-litre Engel fridge, 20-litre water tank, Polyair bags, 40-channel UHF, ARB air compressor, rear locker, Raslarr rear bar with spare tyre carrier and jerry can holder, and a set of 33-inch Mickey Thompson mud-terrain tyres.

My husband, my four kids and I love going on trips anywhere in the Vic High Country and camping in our Travelander double swags. Our best camp would have to be Currawinya National Park, QLD, and our best place is the Canning Stock Route.


Had it for four years. It started as a new stock JKU CRD, but since then I’ve built my own drawer system with Waeco fridge and Travel Buddy oven, and made a tailgate table.

It’s got dual batteries, rear camera, AEV 2.5-inch lift, bullbar, rear bar with water storage and tyre carrier, fuel caddy, AEV bonnet, snorkel, Smittybilt rock rails, four LED spotties and roof light bar, AEV roof rack, Darche roof-top tent, ARB rear locker, ARB onboard compressor, twin UHF antennas, winch, side awning, and on and on!

Favourite places visited are the Victorian High Country and Beachport, South Australia. On the list for next year are the Oodnadatta Track, Uluru and Kings Canyon ... oops, almost forgot the full Outlaw stainless steel performance exhaust.


I bought it in 2003 with 79,000km on the clock. First mod was the tyres to Bridgestone 10ply ATs. Second mod was the two-inch lift. It just went crazy after that: Steinbauer chip, roof rack, awning, Engel fridge, dual batteries, ARB bullbar with 12,000lb winch, LED spots, three-inch exhaust, UHF radio, blocked EGR with Catch Can, and more.

Best locations are Warraweena, Arkaroola, Flinders Ranges and the Simpson Desert.


It has the factory rear locker and a two-inch lift by swapping out the control rods on the air suspension. The only mods are 18-inch Compomotive rims, BFG K02s and LED spotties.

Probably the best fun I’ve had in it was at Lennard Track in Wellington Dam, WA, when she crawled right on up the hill climb and put a few other fourbies to shame. She loves a good beach run, too: Wilbinga dunes or Preston Beach.

Celebrating our readers' pride and joy with Readers' Rigs